From its romantic name to its rich history, Oskaloosa has a past that has shaped its future. Starting In the 1800’s to the early 1900’s, this town was an important coal mining area. Theodore Roosevelt once campaigned in this history-laden town and the William Penn University was founded here. Oskaloosa is home to several businesses and parks, museums and retail shopping. Its town square boasts a bronze statue of Chief Mahaska and the city is mentioned in country western singer Johnny Cash's song "I've been everywhere".
Ottumwa is located in the southeastern part of Iowa, with the city split into northern and southern halves by the Des Moines River. In addition to being a coal mining center, this Bridge Town has seen several Presidential visits as well as being proclaimed the "Video Game Capital of the World,” and the birth place of Walter Eugene "Radar" O'Reilly of the show “Mash.” There are several beautiful parks, retail shopping, delicious eating establishments and historic buildings perfect for events of all types in addition to being home to The Indian Hills Community College.